More on Bristol council house auction action – just in.

If any comrades are in the area no doubt their support would be appreciated – W.S.


Avonmouth political activist and independent candidate for the ward at the forthcoming council elections, Steve Norman, has occupied a council home in Avonmouth that was set to be auctioned today.

Steve is joined in this new home by a homeless former serviceman and his 18 month old  son. The former Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer was honourably discharged from the Army and has been sofa surfing ever since.

Last year he was given supervised custody of his son by the Family Court after he was approached by social services regarding a child in their care who was being placed for adoption.

This new family was then dumped by Bristol City Council in a homeless hostel, mainly used to house single young men with alcohol and drug issues, Toll House Court, North Street, Southville. Father and son have been there ever since.

The ex-serviceman has been consistently bullied and harassed since arriving at the hostel. He’s been physically threatened a couple of times and has had “you’re dead” carved on his door. The room he shares with his son is infested with cockroaches and he has received little or no help from social services or his housing support office.

“It is not acceptable for Bristol City Council to dump young, vulnerable families in doss houses while selling off family homes in the city to the highest bidder,”

says Steve.

The council house, 44 Richmond Terrace, Avonmouth, will be sold in Clifton at 7.00pm this evening by auctioneers Hollis Morgan along with a further 14 Bristol City Council properties, many located in St Pauls. Considerable levels of protest are anticipated at the auction.

Steve says, “any buyer of 44 Richmond Terrace should note that they now have a vulnerable sitting tenant with a young child who isn’t going anywhere, least of all back to some council funded doss house.

“Ferguson’s Bristol and his treatment of the poor and vulnerable increasingly resemble Victorian England. Screw that. The fightback starts here.”
For further information call Steve on 07747 490902


1. Auction Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 Venue: All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2HY Start Time: 7:00 PM…

2. Although 44 Richmond Terrace is a “residential building” within the meaning of section 144, Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 this is a POLITICAL occupation not a RESIDENTIAL occupation as there are NO ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO EXPRESS OUR VIEWS. (Hampshire Waste Services v Persons Unknown [2003] EWHC 1738 (Ch); [2003] PLSCS 217, University of Sussex v Person Unknown [2013] PLSCS 84) The provisions of section 144 are therefore NOT APPLICABLE to this building or to the occupation of it. Part II, Criminal Law Act 1977 (As amended by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, 1994) DOES APPLY


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